Mobibatt - Takes away the inconvenience of a dead battery


Smartphone users are becoming more and more frustrated with the limited lifespan of their batteries. Although research and industry reports show that the technological performances of batteries are improving, the smartphone users’ basic need for energy is increasing at a much higher pace.

Mobibatt will offer a practical and flexible service for smartphone users that takes away the inconvenience of a dead battery: through a distribution network of portable battery chargers.

In this project, MICT will zoom in on the real-life context of the (potential) end-user, this will allow to assess the feasibility, in terms of the users’ experiences and willingness-to-pay, of the concept. Also, the locations and situations in which the need for delivery of end-user experience is the highest will be determined. Therefore, both qualitative and quantitative end-user research methods are applied in an iterative flow aiming at shaping the proposed concept based on the needs and wants of the potential users of the service. The idea behind combining multiple methods is to make the collected data more substantiated, which allows for oriented decision making. To assess the concept in terms of feasibility and to determine the most optimal locations for distribution points, a mix of end-user research methods is being used (environmental scanning, survey, co-design, data logging study with ESM-questionnaires on smartphones and field trial).

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/04/2014 – 31/12/2015.

Staff involved

  • dr. Dimitri Schuurman
  • Karel Vandenbroucke

Financed by